Lorenzo Pesola fly fishing a small Hawkes Bay stream

About trout fly fishing the Ngaruroro River

Tony General

The Ngaruroro River is located in the eastern North Island of New Zealand and runs southeast from the Kaweka Range then east before emptying into Hawke Bay ten kilometres south of Napier.

For much of its length, the Ngaruroro River flows through native Kanuka or Beech forest before entering into Hawkes Bay’s rich and fertile Heretaunga Plains. This is a large river that features over 100km of fishable water.

Above the Napier-Taihape Road, the river gorges with deep sections and care should be taken. Rainbow trout predominate. Average weight is around 1kg but much larger and heavier fish are taken throughout the season. The upper reaches provide excellent sporting fish.

Excellent wilderness fishing can be had from the top sections, which require either a walk-in from Kuripapango or a flight into one of the many huts. The lower and middle reaches usually fish well during the early months of the season with the middle and upper reaches giving better results later.

Access: The middle and lower reaches are easily accessed with plenty of public roads crossing it at various points. To access the upper reaches, take the Napier-Taihape Road to Kuripapango.

Public access points: Waitangi, Pakowhai, Gilbertson Road, Ormond Road, Carrick Road, Omahu, Maraekakaho, Ohiti, HB Cycle Trails. 


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